Writing Update: Inspiration Edition

There are only 3 days left to complete the rough draft for the fourth book and final book in the Library Series. Then, there are two more volumes of The Orin Chronicles to release before my very first series comes to a conclusion. This is an exciting time, but there’s also no time to be excited!

Currently, I have 15,000 words of the rough draft for Book Four written. However, every book in the Library Series thus far has had 42,000 words for the main story so it may seem like I’m behind in the writing. However, I was in the same situation for Book Three and Books One and Two were the exception. My definition of rough draft, which my deadline to complete is the end of March, is something that starts and ends. The editing phase is where the final words get written and it’s also possible that areas previously left blank will get filled in.

The truth is, the only reason the rough drafts for Book One and Book Two were very close to the final word count was because I had an immense amount of time back then. The pace of my writing, as well as my daily work, has increased and so I’m no longer sitting on a complete draft for months waiting to release it. Every now and again I’ll wish I had more time, but back then I was cursing the amount of time I had. Truthfully, this writing schedule is just right for me and allows me to produce quality work more quickly than I would have previously. And that’s something that definitely makes me happy.

One of the things I’ll be trying next year (it’s still too early to talk about 2014, Reyskaw…) is an even better writing schedule. In my experience, scheduling my writing didn’t work out for the first two years of my writing. That’s when I adopted a more general schedule that said “write this month”, “edit here”, and then “release” which has worked out very, very well. So now it’s time to take the next step, using the discipline I’ve gained, and push myself even further!

Oh, that’s right… that next step is in 2014 so right now I should focus on the end of the Library Series and the rest of The Orin Chronicles…

It’s important not to get ahead of oneself! That’s an important lesson, but the more important one is this: don’t confuse pushing yourself with meeting your ideal. If you want to reach something you have to work for it, but you can’t train for a marathon by just going out and running one. Like I’ve done with everything in my writing, I started out small and achieved something and then I pushed myself further and further. I’m not yet at my ideal state, but I’m much happier than I ever have been and I want to continue improving myself using this method.

Let’s all better ourselves! (th-that’s too much energy, Reyskaw…)

Sekien no Inganock ~what a beautiful people~ Review

Note: While this review does not contain 18+ content, Sekien no Inganock itself does. 

This Liar-soft title released in 2007 is the second game in the WAB series (~What A Beautiful people~) as opposed to being stand-alone like Forest. A mysterious plot combined with an interesting gameplay mechanic make the story incredibly engaging. It is also a good entry point into the WAB series, not only because it’s the first in the series to be translated into English, but also because there’s only one game in the series released before it so references to other works in the series are not as high as in later entries.

The story takes place in a Steampunk setting, although you certainly don’t have to be a fan of Steampunk to enjoy the story. The only real requirement for liking this work as much as I did is being engaged in the story. The plot and mechanic should be enough, but if you want a passive novel you’ll end up not understanding much when all is said and done. If you’ve read my other VN reviews or most of my Writing Updates, it should come as no surprise that this type of story is the kind I like the most. You have to be an active reader if you want to truly enjoy the story.

The characters and ‘episodic stories’ are very interesting even without the ongoing mystery, so you should be able to enjoy that as well. Because of the way this story invites the reader in and rewards the reader for investing their time and energy, there is only one score that I can give it.

Score: Flawless

*Scoring: Flawless > Great > Good > Okay > Bad

Writing Update: March Progress Edition

Work on the fifth volume of The Orin Chronicles has been going well. I’ve just finished the final edits for the first chapter and I’m very pleased with the results and look forward to the release on Friday. Tomorrow I will most likely post the release details on this blog and the cover on the Google+ page.

I’ve got a lot to do this month, but hopefully once Volume 5 is released I will make some good progress with the final book in the Library Series. In a worst-case scenario it will reach 50% completion by the end of the month. I can’t foresee a worst-case scenario occurring so it will most likely be at least 3/4 completed which will work well with my intent to release it at the end of May.

In other news, I’m thinking a lot about the new series that I’ll be publishing in 2014. It’s too early to say anything, but I’m very conscious of it and I’m looking to use a new writing schedule when it comes time to work on it next year. Until then, I will focus on bringing the Library Series and The Orin Chronicles to a close as well as meeting all of my 2013 goals. It’s looking to be a very good year, so please stay tuned.